Enter the Geographics Design Competition

Spring is almost here and nature’s coming back to life! To celebrate, we’re giving  away one $50 coupon that you can spend at Geographics.com.

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To enter the Geographics Design Competition, send us an original photo or a drawing of your favorite nature inspired design. Ideally, the image should relate to a design that you would use on your favorite stationery  – card, letterhead, certificate, thank-you note, etc.  If your design is not original, make sure you credit the source.

Voting for the best design will be open 1–15 March, 2017. The winner will be announced on April 16th, 2017 and the winning design will be featured the Geographics blog.

Please note that participants must be 18 or older and that the contest is only open to US residents.

Good luck and be generous – share with your friends!

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Sugar Hearts Game – Valentine’s Project for Your Classroom

Share the love by getting creative!
Holidays are a great time for kids to work on creative projects but also opportunities to use challenges and games to build self-confidence, appreciation and team spirit.

For this Valentine’s Day celebration, we are sharing our Sugar Hearts game that you can play with family members or in the classroom.
It can work perfectly with only a few family members of a full class of 20+ students. Feel free to use it with both children of different age-groups and adults. The main idea of the Sugar Hearts game is to encourage players to think about and write sweet things about each other – at the end of the game, every participant will have an envelope full of nice, sweet things others have written about him or her.

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What you need:

  • Printer – you can work with a professional printer you might have at school or simply use the one at home;

  • Printable envelopes – here’s one of our favorite Valentine envelopes from Geographics.com;

  • white or colored cardstock

  • Simple or colored pencils – here are some Valentine pencils from TheRoyalStore.com;

  • Computer.

Preparation:

Step 1: Handwrite or use IClicknPrint Design Center to create a personalized envelope for each player.  Each envelope should have the name of the player clearly written and easily readable.

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Step 2: Cut cardstock to heart shapes or use the Clip Art offered by Iclicknprint to print small size heart themed postcards for the players to write on.

Step 3: Use the envelopes, cut cardstock and pencils to play the game

How to play:

  • Stick all the envelopes on a wall or just spread them all on a table or directly on the floor – you should have one for each player;

  • Give pencils and cut cardstock to each participant;

  • Explain that each player will write one thing they like about each of the other players and will put the notes in the appropriate envelope – they should check the name on the envelope before placing the “sugar heart” in;

  • Give players enough time to write and place the notes in the envelopes;

  • When they’re are done, give each player the envelope that had his or her name written on it

  • Allow players to discover and read the notes they find in their envelopes;

  • Ask each player to share one thing they found surprising, interesting or simply super sweet in their envelope;

  • If you are playing the game in the classroom, you could allow the players to keep just one note from their envelope and then ask them to give the envelopes with the rest of the notes to you. You could then mail the envelope you’ve personalized using to each of them after a few weeks. They will love reading through the sweet notes just as much as the first time.

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Resume Tips to Help You Land Your Dream Job

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Get the resume you need to land your dream job! iClicknPrint.com design center makes it fast and easy to create the powerful and professional resume that hiring managers are looking for!

If you are just graduating or starting your career and you don’t have a lot of professional experience under your belt, there is no need to worry! Everyone has been in the same position as you when they first started

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Step 1 – Brainstorm

Take time to write down your experience and skills that relate to the position you are applying for.  Also take the time to study each job posting. You have to think of ways to stand out from all of the other candidates competing for the same position as you.  You want to make them think you are perfect for the job!

Don’t only include employment, but also any leadership roles or volunteer experience you may have, in addition to awards, skills, or classes you’ve taken. You will want employers to know about these

Try and keep in mind the employer and job description. You need to show them how your experience and skills make you perfect for the position

 

Step 2 – Put it all together

Now is time to begin writing. There are many great resume examples online that you can use for inspiration or reference

Make it look professional, simple, and clean. You want to make it easy to read and try and stick to one page

A great way to start your resume is with a summary statement which discusses your goals and strengths

Then, list your education. The high school and college(s) you’ve attended. It is not recommended that you put your GPA unless it is a 3.5 or higher

Next is the experience section. This is where you write about your past internships and job experience. Usually this information is in bullet form and you can expand on how you took initiative or accomplished a goal – use numbers if you can

 

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This is where you get personal. You can add a lot of sections including – volunteer experience, relevant coursework, extracurricular activities and community involvement, computer and language skills, and more!

You can also put thought into using a template or a layout, but don’t stress this too much. Your goal is to communicate your experience in the appropriate manner, not wow them with your design

 

Step 3 – Proofread!

You will not be taken seriously if there are spelling and grammatical errors on your resume. You won’t look detail oriented with a resume that looks like it wasn’t proofread

Proofread, proofread, proofread!

Print it out and read it over. Word won’t always catch all of your mistakes. You can also ask a friend or family member to read it over for you as well. Its always nice to have another set of eyes. There are even services online that will scan your resume and check for any mistakes

 

Step 3 – Print

Use good quality paper, and not just regular photo paper. Geographics offers many varieties and styles that are perfect for printing your resume! And our Design Center can help you put it all together!

We hope these resume tips to help you land your dream job have helped!

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Now you are ready to get your dream job! What are you waiting for?

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Homemade Holiday Cards For Last Minute Gift Ideas

We know how many people love to get things last minute – especially when it comes to holiday shopping. We are going to show you some easy last minute ideas for creating homemade holiday cards! Geographics greeting cards are perfect for this! We sell them in single colors. The inside can be customized with a message on www.iClicknPrint.com and printed from your home! You can add some fun materials to the front of your cards to make them stand out! Pick up a pack and start making your cards today!

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Buttons are a great decorating tool. Glue them on the front of the card for a 3D texture. You can turn them into ornaments and draw little bows in them, or glue them down into the shape of a snowman. You can also use sequins!

 

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Pearls make for a nice touch

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You can even use a cookie cutter! Just place it on the card and use a pen or marker to write on the inside of the shape filling it in

 

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Using paper, glue them into layers to make them pop! You can also use folded pieces of paper to create Christmas trees and ornmants that are 3D

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There are so many options for creating homemade holiday cards that you can find to suit your needs. Now time to decorate! Happy Holiday from iClicknPrint!

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Holiday Wreath Crafts With Noodles and Paper

With Christmas less than 2 weeks away, we’re going to go over some fun decorating ideas that are great for the family! A holiday wreath is an easy craft that children of all ages will love making. They make for excellent decor inside or outside of the home. You can also give a holiday wreath as a gift to a friend or loved one that they will love and appreciate! The first wreath we will show you have to make is the bow tie noodle wreath

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Here is what you need:

– Bow Tie noodles

– Green paint

– Green glitter

– Red ribbon

– Glue

 

Start by painting the bow tie noodles with green paint. While they are still wet, sprinkle the green glitter on top of them

After they dry, glue the noodes into a circle onto a base. Our white foam board and poster board make for the perfect tool. Cut a small piece of red ribbon, tie it into a bow, and add it to your holiday wreath!

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Here is another great handmade holiday wreath idea that is great for older kids!

First you need toilet paper rolls – about 20 of them. You will have to paint them entirely green. Once dry you will cut them into pieces as pictured below. You will need to use hot glue in the center to hold them together. You are going to put together two wreaths – one being larger than the other. Form them into a circle, and begin securing them with hot glue. You will glue the smaller wreath on top of the larger one

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Then you are done with your holiday wreath! Add some red beads for a finishing touch to represent berries. Don’t forget to visit www.iClicknPrint.com for all your holiday stationary customizing needs!

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Gifts from the Heart Are the Best Kind of Gifts

The holidays are fast approaching and everyone has already begun to think about what they want to buy for presents, or they have already started their holiday shopping. Today we are going to show you a great idea for a handmade gift that can be created in so many ways – we will show you how to made a handmade ornament. After all, isn’t it better when it comes from the heart?

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Ornaments are wonderful gifts from the heart because it is the gift that keeps on giving. It can be used year after year, and it will make the recipient think of you every time they hang that ornament on their tree. These ornaments can be given to teachers, a friend, a family member, or even your boss at work!

A great material for the base of your handmade ornament are these is our E-Z Print Sign Board, it comes in smaller pieces so its easier to cut. You can also use our poster board products if you like, and cut the board into smaller sections, making it easier to work with

You can use a word stamp to get the same effect as above, or even use an old book if you have one laying around

To make the base, you need to form the paper in the shape of a cone like below. Tear paper into small rectangles that measure about 2.5″X2″ Roll the rectangle into a cone, and use glue to make it secure. Each ornament uses 20 rolls so plan accordingly

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For the center piece, you can cut stars from a heavy card stock. Our thicker poster board, or foam board products are perfect for this step. The star should be about 3 inches. You can print an outline online to make this step easier for you

Next step is to make the hanger. Use a thread and needed and go through the center of the top point on the stars

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Now to put it all together! Glue the cones onto the star. Add rolls to the spaces and fill in between the cones. You can add glitter to the edges with a paint brush, glue, and glitter color of your choice

After you shook the glitter off, you can add another piece to the center. Cut a 2 inch circle from your remaining materials and using a sticker, or similar supply you can add a letter to the center of the circle. Make it pop by painting over the letter with glue and covering it with glitter

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The last step is to hot glue your letter to the center of the ornament and you have your handmade ornament gift! Super easy and I bet you already have all these materials in your home! Made a handmade card to go with your gifts from the heart on www.iClicknPrint.com We offer many products for this holiday season!

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Happy Holidays!

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